Professor Bawa appeared on Science for the Public's Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations program October 15, 2013 to discuss Sustainability Science: Biodiversity and Community. He is a world leader in the field of conservation biology, with a focus on the Eastern Himalaya region of India. Dr. Bawa is also an educational innovator, as reflected particularly in the comprehensive, interdisciplinary training of conservation biologists in the ATREE organization he founded in the mid-1990s. He is famous for his efforts to save biodiversity hotspots that are under intense pressure from both intense development and the effects of climate change.
With Sandesh Kadur, the great nature photographer, Dr. Bawa has produced two beautiful photography books, both of which bring to the general public the astounding beauty of the Eastern Himalaya region.
Dr. Bawa has received many awards and honors for his research and his conservation efforts. These include Harvard research fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Distinguished Professorship at U-Mass Boston. He has served as an officer of many professional organizations and is an Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India and also the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (among other honors).